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Military celebrates Human Rights Day with Children

December 10, 2019

Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur--- While militant groups conduct mass rallies and protests in the streets exploiting minority groups as propaganda fronts, the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn) celebrates the Human Rights Day with the Agusanon children from all walks of life in a Christmas party celebration at the 3SFBn headquarters in barangay Noli, Bayugan City today. We stand to uphold Human Rights as we put premium to the welfare of our youth because they are the most vulnerable sector in any conflict. Last December 2, Litboy Talja Binongcasan, a grade 6 student from Gingoog City, was killed in an encounter in Agusan del Norte. A clear proof the Communist NPA Terrorists violates International Humanitarian Law (IHL). We cannot afford to let this happen again to any of our children,” Lieutenant Colonel Joey B Baybayan, 3SFBn Commanding Officer, said The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) condemns the use of NPA child warriors saying that it constitutes a war crime. "The boy (Litboy) was still in his development years and should be focusing on honing his potentials so he can pursue his goals and dreams but his life was snuffed out and can no longer be taken back,” Jacqueline de Guia, Spokesperson, CHR, said. “Putting children in the battlefield imperils and endangers them. Even if they survive armed encounters, the psychological and mental impact can be lifelong," De Guia added. “The NPA terrorists’ horrible and deceptive youth recruitment is one of the issues being addressed by the Local Task Forces to End Local Communist Armed Conflict. We urge the nation, and even militant groups, to open their eyes and see the brutal effect of the 50 years existence of communist insurgency to our youth. If we love our country, let us support the Whole-of-Nation Approach to end the useless communist armed and political struggle of the NPA terrorists and their front groups,” Colonel Allan D Hambala INF (MNSA) PA, 401st Infantry Brigade Commander, said Meanwhile, militant and anti-government groups are again set to conduct their usual rallies to falsely accuse the government and the military of any HR violations only to find out the fact that the military is currently busy enjoying their time bringing smiles to a hundred children through fun games and gift giving to celebrate the Human Rights Day today and stand against to those who violates it.  

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Davao City Hailed as Sports Tourism Hub; Receives 3rd PSTA Awards Trophy

December 9, 2019

DAVAO CITY – The 3rd Philippine Sports Tourism Awards recently concluded with its roster of movers and shakers of sports tourism. Davao City, together with Sunrise Events Inc., was among the awardees—bagging the Destination Marketing of the Year Award for hosting the 70.3 Ironman triathlon of 2018. Organized by Selrahco PR and Primetime Plan Bravo, the Philippine Sports Tourism Awards, now in its 3rd year, seeks to recognize and celebrate the movers and shakers of sports as a major pillar of Philippine tourism.  Among those awarded the prestigious PSTA trophies were local governments, private companies, venues, conventions, and more. A total of 14 awards were presented in the Grand Bar & Lounge of Resorts World Manila, Pasay City.  Davao City Tourism Officer Generose Tecson along with Sunrise Events Inc. GM Princess Galura received the award. Highlighting the LGUs thrust in tourism last 2018 despite the dire aftermath of the Marawi siege, the 70.3 Ironman underpinned Mindanao as a safe and happy place for sports and tourism. Notwithstanding the apprehensions, slots filled the same day they opened and the event garnered local and international triathletes to the undeniable charm of Davao City. Other winners of PSTA 2018 were Sunrise Events, Inc. (Event Organizer of the Year – Private), City of Dumaguete (Event Organizer of the Year – Government), Subic Bay – Ironman (Event of the Year – International), Ceres – Negros FC (Sports Association of the Year), Resorts World Manila (Charity Event of the Year), Sunlife Financial (Event Sponsorship of the Year), Philippine Airlines (Airline of the Year), AA Philippines (MICE Event of the Year), Marco Polo Plaza Hotel (Hotel of the Year), Cebu Pacific – Juan for Fun (Adventure Event of the Year), Philippine Sports Commission/Philippine National Games (Event of the Year – Domestic), Panaad Park & Sports Complex, Bacolod City (Sports Venue of the Year) & Clark Freeport (Sports Destination of the Year).

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Xavier University has a new president

December 9, 2019

The first Jesuit University in the Philippines and the first university in Mindanao has elected a new president. In a memo dated December 8 posted on its website, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan Board of Trustees Chairman Francisco F. Guerra III announced the election of Fr. Mars Platino Tan, S.J. as the new university president “after a thorough search and discernment process.” Tan will succeed incumbent president Fr. Roberto C. Yap, S.J. who has been elected president of Ateneo de Manila University effective June 1, 2019, the same day Yap takes up his new assignment. Tan has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame Australia; an MS in Environmental Science from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Q.C., M.A. Theology from the Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, and B.S. Biology from the Ateneo de Davao University. Born and raised in Surigao del Norte, Tan has been engaged in various capacities in Mindanao including teaching High School Instructor as a Jesuit Volunteer in 1984-86 at the Ateneo de Davao University Branch, Compostela, Davao del Norte;  High School Instructor (Jesuit regency), 1992-94 at the Xavier Ateneo High School in Cagayan de Oro City and still teaches as an Assistant Professor –College Biology Department, XU since 2009 to the present and previously as Director of Xavier Ateneo’s McKeough Marine Center from 2010 to 2015, and again in  2017 – 2019. Tan is also currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Xavier Ateneo and the Xavier Science Foundation, Manila Observatory, Child Fund Philippines and Institute of Social Order. His priestly/Jesuit ministries include the Jesuit First Studies Sub-community (Vice-Superior and Formation Team member - 2001 to 2007), Assistant Parish Priest in Bukidnon (1998-2001) and currently as Rector of the XU Jesuit Community  since 2009. Tan has had a lifelong engagement  as a True Blue Steward of the Environment through his teachings and advocacy, research and publications, most prominently as the proponent of the Jesuit Universal Apostolic Preference, “To collaborate in the care of our Common Home,” very responsive to the call of Pope Francis in his landmark encyclical, Laudato Si.   His PhD Dissertation on Sedimentation dynamics of the Cagayan de Oro River Catchment and its             implications for the coastal marine habitats of Macajalar Bay and MS Thesis in Environmental Science Seedling survival and growth responses of Enhalusacoroides (L.f.) Royle using  bamboo “pipes” under outdoor culture conditions were borne out of his  actual experience in leading XU Projects like   Ridge-River-Reef Project(R3), Mineral Recovery Project, XU - 2012 to 2015, 2017; Mangrove Mapping in Macajalar Bay; Coral Resource Assessment and Marine Debris Audit, Barangays Bayabas, Macabalan, and Gusa, Cagayan de Oro City. Tan has been recognized for his scholarly and academic achievements among which are Most Outstanding Nicolanian (MONICA 2017) in Environmental Science by the Saint Paul University-Surigao, Surigao City; International Postgraduate Research Scholar (IPRS) Award  and University Postgraduate Award (UPA), University of Notre Dame Australia; University and College Scholar, University of the Philippines Diliman and Cocofed Scholar, Ateneo de Davao University. Besides his affiliation with the Society of Jesus and Jesuit Volunteer Philippines, Tan is also affiliated with the Philippine Association of Marine Sciences, Federation of Institutes of Freshwater and Marine Sciences, National Research Council of the Philippines and NAUI Scuba Divers. “We thank Fr. Mars for his gracious acceptance of this important mission of leadership,” the university memo  concluded. “We also thank Fr. Bobby for his enormous contributions to the University and Northern Mindanao over these past nine years. Let us keep Fr. Mars and Fr. Bobby and our beloved Xavier Ateneo in our prayers.” (RMB)

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4ID commemorates Bonifacio Day with LGUs and stakeholders in Cagayan de Oro City

December 5, 2019

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – On the observance of the entire Nation on the commemoration of Bonifacio Day celebration, the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army participated in the 156th Birth Anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio at El Pueblo A Sus Heroes Monument, Plaza Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday, November 30, 2019. The declaration of November 30 as a national holiday started when the Philippine Legislature passed Act No. 2946 on February 16, 1921, making that day of each year a legal holiday to commemorate Bonifacio’s birth. Bonifacio was a national hero and he is often called “the Father of the Philippine Revolution”. At around 5:00 o’clock in the morning, some 90 Diamond troopers composed of honor guards, firing party, marching band, security elements and general staffs led by BGen Oliver T Vesliňo, the Assistant Division Commander of 4ID, assembled in the Heroes Monument, Plaza Divisoria, this city for the Bonifacio day celebration. Also, thousands of people coming from various government and non-government agencies, civil society organizations, people’s organizations and other stakeholders participated and have shown their full support during the celebration crowding Plaza Divisoria early in the morning. Meanwhile, the activity started with the sounding of sirens at around 7:00 o’clock in morning. A formal program immediately followed wherein a mass wreath laying highlighted the event participated by various agencies and sectors headed by Hon. Oscar S Moreno, the city mayor, together with BGen Vesliňo. The program ended with a meaningful message coming from Mayor Moreno which emphasized on EO 70, the Whole-of-Nation Approach in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict. MGen Franco Nemesio M Gacal, Commander of the 4ID said, “Let us look back with pride on the heroism done by Gat Andres Bonifacio. The freedom that we enjoyed today was paid by the blood, sweat and tears of our brave heroes. We should cherish the freedom which was entrusted to us by our forefathers. It is everybody’s  By 2028, a world-class Army that is a source of national pride “Honor. Patriotism. Duty” responsibility to take good care of our country’s future as we are going to entrust it also for the new generations to come. “I urge everyone to do your share, let us join hands to fight insurgency and end the local communist armed conflict in order for us to attain lasting peace and sustainable development in Regions 10 and Caraga.” Gacal ended

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The refurbished Metropolitan Cathedral among the 14 Christmas attractions in Tangub City

December 5, 2019

(PHOTO) The refurbished Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lord of Transfiguration also known as "Palo Cathedral" in Leyte is among the 14 Christmas attractions in Tangub City during this year's opening of "Festival of Lights."  - Photo by Ercel Maandig

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DTI-10 gears to complete region's Negosyo Centers by 2020

December 5, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Northern Mindanao is preparing to complete the establishment of all Negosyo Centers in the region by 2020. This was announced during the first Regional Negosyo Center Conference held on November 26 in Mallberry Suites Business Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. Negosyo Center is DTI's program responsible for promoting ease of doing business and facilitating access to services for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). DTI is keen on achieving its target of opening 94 Negosyo Centers with 85 already established across the region: 5 in Camiguin, 21 in Bukidnon, 20 in Lanao del Norte, 13 in Misamis Occidental and 26 in Misamis Oriental. National Negosyo Center Program Director Emma Asusano, on behalf of Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona, congratulated the Negosyo Center Cagayan de Oro City for being the first Negosyo Center to open in the region and in the nation. The Negosyo Center Cagayan de Oro City was opened on November 13, 2014. "Negosyo Center is a living organization because we deal with our Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises - the catalyst for the economy of the nation," Director Asusano said. Assistant Director for DTI-Export Marketing Bureau Agnes Perpetua-Legaspi highlighted DTI's support in creating businesses especially Philippine start-ups during her afternoon talk on Building Negosyo Center Plus Ecosystems: Developing Innovative Entrepreneurs for the Global Market. "For you to get that mindset, it has to be...looking and thinking of new things, doing new things and creating value in the marketplace," she said. The regional conference also featured best practices that are distinct of each provincial office. DTI Bukidnon presented how the use of technology made Business Registration and Licensing easier, particularly in Negosyo Center Valencia City. DTI Misamis Oriental shared the comprehensive program for MSMEs as it highlighted the importance of business development through capability building of MSMEs, the heart of the Negosyo Center services. With the strong tourism industry in Camiguin, the province's DTI found it fitting to discuss how its Negosyo Centers, particularly the Mambajao Negosyo Center strengthened and sustained the tourism-supported businesses in their locality. On the other hand, DTI Misamis Occidental took pride in its strong network collaboration of Negosyo Center partners through the commitment of its partner stakeholders from the local government units, local chambers, the private sector and other key stakeholders, which resulted to building a network for local support in helping the MSMEs. Finally, DTI Lanao del Norte emphasized creativity, innovation and technology as Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) housed the FAB LAB Mindanao, the first digital fabrication laboratory in Mindanao that "can aid the region's researches and businesses in creating physical prototypes of their design. Through FAB Lab Mindanao, DTI is cultivating a start-up economy where ideas are physically transformed. With the theme, "Building Sustainable Negosyo Centers in Northern Mindanao," the conference was attended by 153 delegates, including business counselors from DTI Northern Mindanao Negosyo Center provincial offices, and representatives from local government units and private sectors. (DTI-10)  

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